Feeling guilty about being gay? Apple has an app for that, or at least it did. It was the ex-gay ministry’s Exodus International app, intended to put people back on the straight and narrow (minded) path. “Fabulous!” you say? Well, 140,000 people didn’t think so. They signed a petition demanding that Apple remove the app from its store, saying that “It violates our developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people.”
Not to worry though. Apple still has some outrageous apps available. Take Checkpointer, for example. We all know that driving drunk is a no-no, and also that scrolling through your iPhone while you drive is a no-no too. We also know that two negatives cancel each other out. In comes the Checkpointer app, available for $4.99. You can use it when you are driving home drunk after a night of partying to find out where the DUI checkpoints are.
Unfortunately, not all officials are on board with that. Four senators—Frank Lautenberg (D-New Jersey), Harry Reid (D-Nevada), Charles Schumer (D-New York), and Tom Udall (D-New Mexico)—sent Apple an angry note about that and other, similar apps from Google and RIM.
In their letter, the senators said that the app was, “harmful to public safety.” In their own words, “We appreciate the technology that has allowed millions of Americans to have information at their fingertips, but giving drunk drivers a free tool to evade checkpoints, putting innocent families and children at risk, is a matter of public concern.”
The DUI apps have yet to be removed by Apple and other the other companies. Apple did, however, dump the “gay cure” app. Apparently, it doesn’t mind putting people at risk, as long as it doesn’t offend them.